(Day 2) High-Level Global Conference on Youth-Inclusive Peace Process - 1) Plenary Session 11. 2) Plenary Session 12. 3) High-level Conference Closing.
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The High-Level Global Conference on Youth-Inclusive Peace Process will be held virtually on 19-21 January 2022, co-hosted by the State of Qatar, Governments of Finland and Colombia, and co-organized with civil society and UN partners.


Globally, 1 in 4 young people live in conflict-affected countries.  Youth participation in peace and security conversations is critical for lasting peace.


1) Plenary Session #11: Presentation of the Five-Year Strategy on Youth-Inclusive Peace Processes

This session will present conference output 2, '''We are in this together': Operationalizing a five-year strategic action plan for youth-inclusive peace processes". The output presents a strategic action plan to move from youth-inclusive norms towards youth-inclusive practices in designing and implementing peace processes, over the next five years – with the vision that all peace processes are shaped by and supportive of young people's meaningful participation, contributing to more inclusive and peaceful societies. This session will explore how young people and institutions are addressing youth inclusion, present the global strategy as a tool for strengthening youth-inclusive peace processes over the next five years, and include an interactive discussion.

Moderators: Mr. Ali Saleem, Mediation, Peace and Security Expert

- Ms. Olla Al-Sakkaf, Researcher and Youth Activist from Yemen
- Mr. Wani Michael, Youth Representative- National Constitutional Amendment Committee
(NCAC) South Sudan
- Mr. Muin Shreim, Deputy Head of Mission at the Office of the Special Envoy for Yemen
- Ms. Mfreke Ebong Ukpanah, Coordinator, Panel of the Wise Secretariat at African Union
- Ms. Irena Grizelj, Inclusivity and Youth, Peace & Security Specialist & lead author ''We are in this together': Operationalizing a five-year strategic action plan for youth-inclusive peace
processes" - conference output 2
- Mr. Julius Kramer, Youth, Peace and Security adviser, UN Assistance Mission in Somalia
- Ms. Laura Henao, Researcher, Centro de Investigación y Educación Popular (CINEP),
- Mr. Pawel Herczynski, Managing Director, European External Action Service (EEAS),
Integrated Approach for Security and Peace
- Ms. Teresa Whitfield, Policy and Mediation Division of Department of Political and
Peacebuilding Affairs's (DPPA)
- Dr. Aleu Garang, Director, Mediation Unit, Intergovernmental Authority on Development
- Mr. Saji Prelis, Director, Youth Programmes, Search for Common Ground

2) Plenary Session #12: From Talk to Action: Commitments from Leaders for Peace

This session offers an opportunity for Member states and adult allies in peace and security to make official commitments and declarations in support of the global Youth, Peace and Security agenda. This session will offer leaders for peace the opportunity to make their public commitments to at least one of the conference's envisioned objectives and outputs, and share personal reasons and motivations as to why they support the YPS agenda including youth-inclusive peace processes.

- Ms. Mena Ayazi, U.S. Youth, Peace, and Security Coalition
- Mr. Saji Prelis, Search for Common Ground

- H.E. Mohammad F. Nabulsi, Minister Of Youth of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
- H.E. Johanna Sumuvuori, State Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Finland
- H.E. Ambassador Mr. Sedat Önal, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Republic of Türkiye
- H.E. Ms. Usha Sharma, Secretary (Vice-Minister) for Youth Affairs, Government of India
- H.E Amb. Haifa Abu Ghazaleh, Assistant Secretary-General Head of Social Affairs Sector,
League of Arab States
- Ms. Usha Rao-Monari, Under-Secretary-General and Associate Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
- Ms. Diene Keita, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Executive Director for Programmes,
UN Population Fund (UNFPA)
- Ms. Åsa Regnér, Deputy Executive Director for Policy, Programme, Civil Society and
Intergovernmental Support, UN Women
- Ms. Chido Cleopatra Mpemba, African Union Chairperson's Special Envoy on Youth
- Ms. Bitania Lulu Berhanu, Special Adviser on Youth to European Commissioner for
International Partnerships
- Mr. Robert Jenkins, Assistant Administrator, Bureau of Conflict Prevention and Stabilization, USAID
- Ms. Eliška Jelínková, Co-chair Global Coalition on Youth, Peace, and Security & Co-director
UNOY Peacebuilders
- Ms. Alya Fakhroo, Education Above All Foundation – Youth Representative
- Mr. Shamil Idriss, CEO, Search for Common Ground
- Ms. Vera Al-Mawla, Peace of Art, Lebanon
- Mr. Issah Toma Shamsoo, African Students for Interfaith Tolerance, Ghana
- Ms. Mallika Lyer, Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP) Letter from the future (10 min)
- Leonardo Párraga, CIVICUS Youth, BogotArt, & United Network of Young Peacebuilders
- Yi Kang Choo, Youth Protection Working Group and CIVICUS Youth Action Team

Plenary Closing Reflections (10.20-10.35am EST)
- H.E. Mr. Salah bin Ghanem Al Ali, Minister of Sports and Youth of the State of Qatar
- Ms. Rosemary A. DiCarlo, UN Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding
- Ms. Jayathma Wickramanayake, UN Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth

3) High-level Conference Closing

Conference Closing remarks by:
- H.E. Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Qatar
- H.E. María Juliana Ruiz, First Lady of Colombia
- H.E. Johanna Sumuvuori, State Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Finland

The virtual Global Conference aims: (1) to secure national commitments to advance country-level operationalization of the YPS agenda, and (2) to strengthen political will and commitment towards including youth into peace processes. Interactive and action-oriented discussions will be convened across five themes between High-Level Government representatives, young women and young men peacebuilders, and representatives of intergovernmental organisations, CSOs, academia, and donors.

Expected outputs include a high-level joint statement and guidelines in support of the country-level operationalization of the YPS agenda, and a five-year strategy on strengthening youth-inclusive peace processes.